Obama Campaign Slams Romney For Embarrassing America


Obama senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs took Mitt Romney to task today for embarrassing the United States during his gaffe filled stop in London.

Transcript from ABC News:

DOWD: And we’re going to talk about the economy in just — just a moment, which I’m sure you both have completely contrasting views on that, but one thing people think that maybe this an election that a gaffe, a mistake, in such a tight election, within a point or two, could make a difference, whether somebody shows up or not.

And, Kevin, you obviously have seen what’s happened when Governor Romney went to London, made his comments, took a lot of heat, especially from the British press. And is there a concern on y’all’s part that it’s — first time he’s on — on the stage, on the world stage, that people sort of now are taking a step back and maybe he’s not prepared after what he said about the Olympics over there?

MADDEN: Well, I think this is an election, again, that the public is viewing around big things. I don’t think that a gaffe or a YouTube moment is really going to make or break this particular election. I think it’s going to be about the direction of the country, how we rebuild the economy, how we continue to have a stronger national security posture around the globe.

I think that the headlines that — that come out of London on one day are not going to be as important as the overall view that people take when it comes to our economic prosperity here at home and then our safety and security around the globe.

So I think the fact that the governor has given a — he gave a very strong, robust speech about his national security policy at the Veterans of — at the VFW before he left. And I think you’re going to see some — some images that are coming out of Israel, with him standing strong with our allies there, some strong statements coming out of Israel, I think that’s going to be much more important as a judgment on this particular trip than anything that happened.

GIBBS: Can I just say this, Matthew? I would probably give that answer, too, if I hadn’t flown to London and embarrassed myself in front of our strongest ally in the world. Look, Mitt Romney wondered aloud whether London was ready for the Olympics, and I think it’s clear that voters in this country wonder aloud whether Mitt Romney is ready for the world, and I think the world is not yet ready for Mitt Romney.

I think there’s — literally to go overseas, stand in the country of our strongest ally, and on Olympics that they’ve been preparing for years for, and question whether or not they’re ready does make you wonder whether or not he’s ready to be commander-in-chief.

DOWD: Well, and obviously that’s the — that was the beginning of the trip. As Kevin referenced, he’s having an end of his trip, where he’s in Israel today. And…

GIBBS: Let’s hope the do-over goes better than the initial audition, because like I said, let’s be honest, Matthew. If you can’t handle smiling and talking about the Olympics…


MADDEN: … they were very polite about how they all believe that the athletes are going to make sure that the games work. And they will. And we’re all hoping for a good — we’re all hoping for a very successful…


GIBBS: Like you — like you, I’m happy David Cameron had the last word, because I thought it was embarrassing for our country.


I understand that ABC News is short staffed due to the Olympics, but having Matthew Dowd, who was the chief strategist behind George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign, conduct this interview was absurd. After Gibbs made his point about what disaster Romney has been, Dowd responded with the pro-Romney excuse that it was the beginning of the trip, as if Romney should be given a do-over because he wasn’t warmed up yet.

Gibbs was speaking for the Obama campaign when he called Romney’s London disaster an embarrassment for the country. The fact that Romney’s gaffes overshadowed the opening of the Olympics means that the perception of Romney as a foreign policy bumbler has been set. Sure he is going to give the now typical Republican boilerplate speech on Israel and Iran, but the dye has been cast.

After eight years of George W. Bush many voters are sensitive to the perception of a potential president who is warmongering foreign policy fool. The Obama campaign doesn’t have to compare Romney to Bush. He is doing it for them. Mitt Romney is morphing into an unholy combination of Sarah Palin and George W. Bush in real time before our very eyes.

And the Obama campaign is going to make sure that the impression of Mitt Romney as America’s international embarrassment sticks in the minds of voters from now until voter cast their ballots in November.

Mitt Romney is about to find out that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Both campaigns use the Sunday shows to test out themes and talking points for the week ahead. Gibbs was laying the groundwork, and you can expect that President Obama and/or his advertising will have something to say soon about Mitt Romney’s international misadventure.

18 Replies to “Obama Campaign Slams Romney For Embarrassing America”

  1. You mean Willard’s campaign was wrong that you can’t turn back the clock after the primaries? Wonder if Willard wishes he could turn back the clock to before his conception with as big feet as he’s got to stick in that thing he calls a mouth?

  2. “And I think you’re going to see some — some images that are coming out of Israel, with him standing strong with our allies there, some strong statements coming out of Israel, I think that’s going to be much more important as a judgment on this particular trip than anything that happened.”

    Interesting point, except that the Romney campaign has deemed the Israel part of his trip closed to the press, with no reason given.

    Mitt Romney Closes Israeli Fundraiser To Reporters:


  3. I wrote my Doctoral dissertation on the cultural effect of images,spent decades working with images and their impact, and it is my opinion that the GOP has lost its grip on the difference between selling toilet paper and building the rhetoric of a political candidate.

  4. If the international community could vote for our president Romney would be sacked. Seems that other countries have a better idea who Obama, and Romney are than we do. I am eng=raged at the profit protection, and misinformation perpetuated by our conservative, corporate run news media who try to convince us they are actually Liberal. I wish we had press with teeth that didn’t have to bow down to their corporate masters and withhold the truth when it flies in the face of their fucking profits. I say to hell with profits you corporate scum suckers. Your greed will be all of our undoing, and unless we find Earth #2 this world is going to get real bad.

  5. Just keep Mr. Romney away from the Temple Mount.

    That’s all I ask.

    Have you seen the clip of him very excitedly talking about the end of the world, when the Temple Mount splits, and Jesus returns?

    oh, my.

  6. In the short amount of time that Romney has spent in Israel, he’s provided further evidence that he has no diplomatic or political leadership skills. He had agreed to meet with one of Netanyahu’s political opponents, but cancelled the meeting two hours before the meeting was supposed to have taken place because Netanyahu didn’t think he should meet with the politician. This makes Romney look weak. He allowed Netanyahu to persuade him to cancel a meeting with a high level Israeli official because Yacimovich and Netanyahu don’t see eye to eye on political issues. The proper thing for Romney to have done would have been to meet with the politician and consider it an honor to meet another Israeli politician, but he couldn’t gather the courage to tell Netanyahu that he intended to meet with Yacimovich, and he couldn’t avoid playing partisan politics. Romney had said there would be no members of the press at his fundraiser, but after receiving push back from the press, he’s allowing them to attend the fundraiser. Dan Senor said in an interview that, as president, Romney would commit our troops and resources to help Israel in a war against Iran. A short time after this, the Romney campaign issued a statement that essentially said the same thing PBO has been saying about trying other options before considering a military conflict with Iran. This made Romney look even more unpresidential,imo. I also discovered today that Romney has no foreign policy aide–at all. All he has are the retreads from the GWB administration who sometimes issue statements on his behalf. All of these faux pas indicate to me that Romney has no idea what he’s doing, and that he has one of the most incompetent campaign staffs I’ve ever seen. The man is clearly out of his depth, and it doesn’t matter what Netanyahu says about the president, how much he likes Romney, or how many times he appears in photos with Romney, it won’t provide Romney with the skills he needs to have to be successful in conducting foreign policy as POTUS.


  7. He’s a blunder that’s for sure.

    Also, “The die is cast.” I’m assuming you are referencing the famous Caesar quote when he crossed the Rubicon. He threw dice, not dyes.

  8. Actually, die is the singular and it is the correct word, as indicated by the singular verb. “The die is cast” is from the Latin iacta alea est. Est is singular third person verb, sunt is the third person plural of the present tense.

    At any rate, this idiom was a mistranslation by Suetonius, as Ceasar quoted the original in Greek, which was “let the die be cast” — but this, too, has a singular ending.

    It was never “let the dice be cast” or “the dice are cast.”

  9. Is that really the excuse they are using “it was just the beginning of his trip…”

    the stuff they try to get away with… amazing.

  10. Has anyone read the British newspapers, they have fallen in love with Michelle Obama, they think she has charm, warmth & grace, everything Mitt does not have, and his wife does not have. I had to smile when I read an item saying Romney had been forced to apologize. On the first leg of his charm tour he apologizes, and the fact is Obama never has!

  11. “Dowd responded with the pro-Romney excuse that it was the beginning of the trip, as if Romney should be given a do-over because he wasn’t warmed up yet.as if Romney should be given a do-over because he wasn’t warmed up yet.”

    Mitt the mulligan man for CiC. Sell that to SEAL team 6, Republicans, “Oopsie, your CiC wasn’t quite ready.” Sell that to our troops.

  12. I cannot understand why any american would want to vote for a crazy mexican like Romney. The guy is a raving lunitic and has made your country look foolish. The reason no one wants to invest in your country, and help revive the economy is because America is now seen as a global bully who punishes other countrys who dont cough up enough free oil and resources. FAIL.

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